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WIGAN ATHLETIC ICONS: 2002/03 JASON DE VOS

26 July 2014

Jason De Vos is our second Latics icon from the past 13 seasons, joining Andy Liddell on the Wall of Colour.

The Canadian captain, Jason de Vos, was a blue and white hero throughout his time with Latics, though he stood-out in particularly in the 2002/03 season when he missed only three league games as Latics marched to the Second Division title.


Powerful in the air and a threat from set-pieces, de Vos formed a formidable centre-back partnership with Matt Jackson in just his second season at the club.

Such was the quality of Latics defence that eight consecutive league clean sheets were recorded in the final two months of 2002, contributing to a total 25 over the course of the campaign.

It wasn’t just as a stopper that de Vos was effective, he made a real impact at the other end; scoring eight league goals – three of which proved to be winning goals in home successes over Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town before he scored the only goal in an away win at against Port Vale.

The choice for the 2002/03 season icon was again tough with so many star performers; Andy Liddell – who won our award for the previous season – scored 16 league goals, Nathan Ellington bagged 15 whilst Tony Dinning, Lee McCulloch and John Filan all had fine campaigns.

Many of you put forward a strong case for the Duke, with the highest percentage of voters on Latics Wall choosing the 15-goal striker, but we couldn't see past De Vos, a man-mountain at the heart of Latics' defence.

JDV went through a spell of scoring five goals in seven games in the 2002/03 season, below is the full list of his goals, highly impressive for the no-nonsense defender:

13/08/02 Mansfield Town (H) 3-2
26/10/02 Luton Town (A) 1-1
14/12/02 Oldham Athletic (A) 2-0
21/12/02 Huddersfield Town (H) 1-0
26/12/02 Port Vale (A) 1-0
01/01/03 Notts County (H) 3-1
18/01/03 Colchester United (H) 2-1
18/03/03 Stockport County (A) 1-1

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